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Murdered to Death

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

June 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2009.

Murdered to Death

by Peter Gordon

“Entertaining night”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Bob Ryder


Judith Berrill – Mildred

Kati Szeless – Dorothy [her niece and companion]

Ray Hopper – Bunting [the Butler]

Paul Checkley – Colonel Craddock

Diane Robinson – Margaret Craddock [his wife]

Adrian Kenward – Pierre Marceau [a French Art Dealer]

Sophie Lane – Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington

Anna Quick – Joan Maple

Guy Steddon – Inspector Pratt

Tom Harris – Constable Thompkins


Production Crew

Stage Manager – David Comber

Deputy Stage Manager – John Garland

ASM – Olive Smith

Set Design – David Comber

Lighting Design – Mike Medway

Lighting Operator – Lee Wenham

Props – Margaret Davy

Props – Sue Whittaker

Props – Joan Bearman

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Carl Gray

Workshop Team – Sue Chaplin

Workshop Team – Paul Checkley

Workshop Team – Richard Letchford

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Margaret Davy

Workshop Team – Sheila Neesham

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Lucien Bouchy

Publicity – Anna Barden

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Judith Berrill

Production Photos – Lucien Bouchy

Front of House – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Murdered to Death

BR wrote: “Peter Gordon and “The Inspector Pratt Mysteries”

Peter Gordon’s plays are widely enjoyed in community theatres across the UK and world-wide. Since 1990 he has published nine full-length comedies, the best-known of which are the trilogy of murder mysteries involving the clueless Inspector Pratt. Murdered to Death was the first in the series, followed by Secondary Cause of Death and Death by Fatal Murder.

It’s fairly obvious from the titles that we are not in the realms of high drama, or even clever crime detection! These are plays that poke fun at the conventions of the ‘country house murder’ mystery, which authors like Agatha Christie have made so popular. Murdered to Death takes the classic build-up to a murder and presents us with suspects galore, all conveniently gathered for the weekend in the same country house. But then, thrown into the mix, comes the totally incompetent Inspector Pratt, accompanied by the luckless village bobby, PC Thompkins.

This is an affectionate spoof of a very British genre. We hope it raises your spirits!”